Piñata Halloween Costume

Hey hey!  I'm back with a new costume this week and let me tell you, this one was super fun to make.  Who doesn't love a piñata at birthday parties?  It's my absolute favorite part and always look forward to what kind of candy or goodies will pop out.  Anyway, this costume was just as basic to make as they come.  I basically took a dress I found at a thrift store and glued party streamers from the Dollar Tree all around the front of the dress, then added a little tail to complete the look.  Let's go over all the details!

You'll Need

Dress - I chose a red dress as my base, but this is up to you. 
Streamers - You can get a two pack of streamers at the Dollar Tree.  There are several different colors to choose from, also!
Glue gun & glue
1 Safety Pin
Optional: Party hat, noise maker or any other party accessory.

How To

1. With your streamers, take the roll and measure the width of the dress and multiply it by two. 
2. Cut two pieces of this length streamer to end up with four total pieces of each color streamer.

3. Once you have your streamer pieces cut, stack each piece on top of one another, and cut 1/2" - 3/4" snips up.  

4. Now that you have all pieces cut out, this is what it should look like. 

5. To glue, you'll want to start from the bottom up.  You can glue small strips at a time directly on the fabric, or the back of each streamer strip.  This is totally up to you and how fast or slow you work.  The glue tends to dry up fast, so you might want to work little by little. 

Your color scheme and the way you choose to design your piñata is totally up to you.  I just did four streams of colors at a time and if I ran out, I cut up a few more colors to complete the front of the dress.

6. To make your tail, just take the multiple colored streamers and cut long pieces (this length is your up to you).  You'll then just slip a safety pin through the streamers and attach it to the back of your dress. 
7. Optional- If you would like to cover the back of your dress, simply repeat steps 1-5.

Easy, right?  I spent about $15 to make this costume, so if you're looking for something cute on a budget, this one's for you!  Let me know if you have any questions at all and don't forget to tag me in your posts if you make this, or any, of the costumes in this series.  Chat with you all later!

Melissa Victoria

Almond Milk Overnight Oats

Hey guys!  Can we all agree Monday's are so difficult to begin if breakfast isn't involved?  Maybe it's just me, but I never feel like I'm starting my week off to a positive start if I don't fuel up.  Another issue is I also love my sleep, so waking up super early to cook is not in my books.  It's no joke that I'm a hibernating bear, but that's okay because it just means I have to plan ahead!  By taking my two needs, sleep and breakfast, I solve my problem by putting together my meals an evening ahead of time.  I know overnight oats are a total thing, so I figured I'd share my recipe...you know, for my other fellow hibernating bears.  Here's what you need:

Milk - I use Almond Breeze Almondmilk
Oats - I buy a tub at Whole Foods
1 Banana
3 Strawberries
Honey - optional

How To

1. Pour 1/2 a cup of oatmeal into your cup
2. Add 3/4 cup of almond milk over your oats
3. Let this sit overnight
4. In the morning, cut up fruit of your choice and sprinkle it over your oats
5. For a little extra sweetness, add some honey and enjoy!

It's that easy!  I know there are several recipe's online I love to recreate, but this one seriously takes zero effort.  It's extremely nutritious and nice to just grab-and-go every morning.  Anyway, enjoy!

Melissa Victoria

Selena Quintanilla Costume | Bustiquela, es un bra!

Hey hey! I've been thinking about this costume all week long and just couldn't wait to photograph it.  As a little girl, I used to pretend to be Selena Quintanilla herself lol.  I'm VERY sure I was just one of a billion other people in the world who shared this same mentality, and still, whenever I listen to her music I flip on my Selena switch and sing my heart out. It only felt right to make one of her iconic bustier's a part of my DIY Halloween Costume series.  To complete this look, I just tossed on some black high wasted pants I purchased from American Apparel, black booties and a belt with silver buckles.  Okay, you will need...

1 Black Bra
1 Pack of Rhinestones - I purchased mine at Joann's
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Also, don't forget your red lipstick!

How To
1. Using the above image as a pattern, cover the entire right cup of your bra with rhinestones. 

2. Line the left cup of your bra with rhinestones making sure to cover the very bottom of your cup as well. 

3. The design part of the left cup can be completely up to you.  I tried to at least get the basics including a swirl and the stand alone rhinestones. 

4. To begin, I started with what looked like an upside down pyramid.  I glued 14 rhinestones under the top row of rhinestones and continued to make a pyramid shape. 

5. Following the upside down pyramid, I began putting my swirl together.  Per the original photo, the swirl should start from the left side of the left cup, gradually connect to the pyramid and then head down towards the bottom of the cup then back up. 

6. When making your swirl, make sure to leave room for another swirl to follow the original.  See photo below.

7.  Once your swirl is complete, build out what looks like a small clump of rhinestones all heading in the direction of the right side of the cup.  Connect your clump to the original rhinestone lining as best as you can to match Selena's bustier. 

8. Glue down single rhinestones in the empty spots of your bra.  I matched mine to the original bustier. 

9. Clean up any additional glue and you're all done.  Now, go practice your best washing machine and be the best Selena you can be!

Starbucks Frappuccino Halloween Costume

Happy October!  This month, I'm so excited to launch a mini series of super easy do-it-yourself Halloween costumes, beginning with this Starbucks Frappuccino dress.  I wore this costume two years ago at a work event and never really posted anything about it, so I figured this would be the most perfect opportunity.  Making this costume is so inexpensive and if you're going for something cute, I would totally recommend making this.  Okay, let's go over materials and how to put it together!

You'll Need:
1 Starbucks Logo (print the logo below)
1 Slip or Beige Dress
1 Sheet of Green Cardstock Paper
7 Felt Sheets
6 Safety Pins
Glue Gun
Optional: Orange Glitter

1. First you'll need to cut out the below image and use the circle to trace more circles over your seven felt sheets.  You should end up with one logo and seven circles. 
2. Turn your logo around and glue one felt circle on the backside of the logo.  Next glue the felt side of the logo to the middle of your dress.
 3. With your six remaining felt circles, fold each one in half, stack two halves on top of each other and then fold in half again together.  You should now have triangle shaped felt pieces.  Take your safety pins and pin each felt piece on the folded side. 

4. Next, take your last three safety pins and attach the felt to your dress.

5. Fluff out the pieces to create a foam-like top.  If you notice they're too far apart, attach each piece to the next piece with your glue gun.  

Optional Step: You can add orange glitter to your felt pieces to become a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Think of the glitter as cinnamon!

6. To make the straw, simply roll your card stock piece of paper into a tube, then glue the end of the paper to the tube. 

7. Pick up a Starbucks to-go bag and use it as a trick-or-treat bag!  

I told you that was super easy!  Below are pictures of what the costume looks like on.  If you guys have any questions at all, comment in the section below or email me.  I'll chat again soon and be back with a new costume next week!
Melissa Victoria